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making news in america this morning -- donald trump is questioning the legitimacy of the election and going after even "saturday night live" accusing the show of doing a hit job. and another batch of hillary clinton e-mails released by wikileaks. what they say about debate preparation and her speeches to wall street bankers. plus, a republican party office in north carolina fire-bombed. breaking overnight, the battle for mosul begins. iraqi forces are now surrounding the isis strong hold. alex marquardt is on the front lines. he's live with us with the latest. and, look at the dramatic rescue as people form a human chain to save a driver inside a flaming suv. and feeling the squeeze. the crisis hitting the orange industry causing prices to go sky high.
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a good monday morning to all. we begin with donald trump unleashing a new wave of allegations ahead of the third and final debate. >> trump is taking aim in every direction. and a new abc news/"washington post" poll shows the race is still close. with hillary clinton four points ahead, still within the margin of error. trump is blaming clinton and the democrats for the fire-bombing of a local gop office in north carolina. and he's repeatedly firing off claims of a rigged election. stephanie ramos joins us with the very latest from d.c. good morning. >> reporter: kendis, diane, good morning. we're getting closer and closer to the end of the election. the candidates are not slowing down. hillary clinton is gearing up for wednesday night's debate. while donald trump is back on twitter calling the election rigged. hillary clinton and donald trump taking very different approaches as they head into the final presidential debate just two days away. clinton staying put at a
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suburban hotel in new york to prep for the last face to face with trump, as her campaign deals with another wikileaks hack. more e-mails released over the weekend, believed to have been stolen from campaign chairman john podesta's account. this, as authorities in north carolina investigate a fire at a gop office this weekend. officials say a bottle filled with flammable liquid was thrown through the window of the orange county republican party head quarters. >> this is a horrific, horrific act of political terrorism. one that we will not succumb to. and one that we will answer. >> reporter: clinton calling the attack horrific and unacceptable. though there's been no arrest, trump tweeting animals representing hillary clinton and dems in north carolina just fire-bombed our office in orange county because we're winning. meanwhile, trump is sticking with the idea that november's
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election is rigged against him by media bias and other factors. >> the election is being rigged. >> reporter: trump partly blaming the show "saturday night live." >> do you feel you're modeling appropriate behavior for today's youth? >> no. next. >> reporter: trump firing back, tweeting, time to retire boring and unfunny show. alec baldwin portrayal stinks. media rigging election. trump is ramping up attacks as more women accuse him of sexual misconduct. >> false stories. all made up. lies. lies. >> reporter: clinton is in debate prep mode today while donald trump campaigns in wi wisconsin. a new poll shows that clinton has a four-point lead. >> with three weeks to go they're picking the campaign locations very carefully. stephanie ramos, live in washington for us, thank you.
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those e-mails are likely to come up during wednesday's debate. >> the e-mails believed to be from campaign chairman john podesta include transcripts of speeches she gave to goldman sachs. where she appears to take a softer stance with wall street than in public. the e-mails also show highly scripted debate preparation with advisers instructing clinton at one point to laugh at herself. >> the clinton campaign has neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of the e-mails. they say russian hackers trying to influence the election are behind this hacking. now to breaking news from overseas. a major battle against isis is now under way in iraq. government forces are pushing into mosul. a city of 1 million people and the last major city in iraq held by the extremist group. >> air strikes were targeted overnight. alex marquardt is on the front lines. he joins us on the phones. this is a battle we have heard about for days if not weeks. it's been several weeks in the making. >> reporter: well, months, in
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fact, kendis. good morning to you and to diane. the iraqi prime minister came out just before 2:00 a.m. local time to announce this operation was being launched. we're on the front lines with curd herb pesh merg -- kurdish pesh merga forces. they're some of the 30,000 iraqi forces making up the force surrounds mosul in order to take it back. this is the second biggest city in iraq. this is something of a last stand for isis. their biggest prize claimed in 2014. once if, and when, they lose it, that means they'll no longer have any sort of foothold in iraq. this is a huge operation. it could take weeks. could take months. those 30,000 forces are being backed up by the international coalition. including american forces. right now, i'm looking at a detachment of american forces backing up those iraqi forces, helping them choose and target isis positions down in the valley. for the last 12 hours, more or less, we have been watching
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these kurdish forces firing artillery, rockets, and mortars on to the isis operation below. they hope to make their advance toward the city of mosul. >> are you able to gauge the progress from where you are in terms of how this operation is going? and how important is it not only strategically but symbolically? >> reporter: it's hard to say how it's going. there's an ebb and a flow when it comes to battle. for a couple of hours, there was a lot of gunfire, rocket fire, a lot of mortars being fired. now it's calmed down a little bit. i'm looking from an elevated position in the hills. it's a flat plain. another reason it's hard to tell how it's going is there's a lot of smoke. between the air strikes,
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the ti artillery. you have isis burning oil and tires to create massive plumes of black smoke. it's hard to say how the battle is going. keep in mind you have those 30,000 forces backed up by the american troops. inside mosul, an estimated 6,000 isis forces. the question now is, whether they will see this as an all-out battle to defend the city or if they'll eventually cut and run and give up on iraq and go back into syria, where they still occupy a large swath of territory. >> the u.s. defense secretary ash carter calls this a decisive moment in the history of iraq. we'll see how it all plays out. alex marquardt. we'll have a live report later on on "gma." thank you. that decisive moment comes as isis deals with another setback after being pushed out of a small town in syria. isis had boasted that dabiq would be the staging area for a doomsday battle against nonbelievers. but it was retaken yesterday. isis forces put up minimal resistance before leaving that opportunity. to the west coast and back here at home. more severe weather for the
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northwest. here's the radar. heavy rain in washington state to central california. here's what's left behind from the storms that struck over the weekend. thousands of residents in washington and oregon are without power. there are plenty of trees and debris to clean up as well. winds around 50 miles an hour brought down trees across the region. the storm system ended up being much weaker than my of the forecasters were calling for. elsewhere, expect summer-like temperatures in the midwest. 80s in chicago and cleveland. that warmth moves east tomorrow, mid 80s from north carolina to new york, where the temperatures will likely tie or break record highs. not too many people complaining about that. >> no, certainly not. but still ahead, the crisis hitting the orange industry. hear why prices for the fruit of soaring. and sales of clown costumes are up 200%. you won't find them at one of the country's biggest retailers.
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why they're being pulled from the shelves. a manhunt is under way after a police officer was shot. we have new video showing the suspect moments before pulling the trigger. hmm. [cell phone beeps] hey! [police whistle blows] [horns honking] woman: hey! [bicycle bell rings] turn here. there. excuse me.
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othering injured. the driver was a 24-year-old member of the navy. he's been charged with four counts of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. three men have been charged connection with the fatal shooting of an olympic athlete's daughter. 15-year-old trinity gay was hit in the neck during an exchange of gunfire between cars in a lexington, kentucky, restaurant parking lot. she was the daughter of olympic sprinter tyson gay who appeared in the olympics in 2008. she herself was a promising sprinter. and that police dash cam video from alaska showing a suspect accused of shooting an officer walking down the sidewalk then crossing to the officer's side of his car. another video shows the alleged gunman walking away from the vehicle. police say he stole it and then abandoned it a few blocks away, after shooting the officer who was seriously injured. the suspect is at large. the officer remains hospitalized. your morning glass offing on just just got more expensive. this year's orange harvest is expected to be down 14% from last year. due to tree disease and hurricanes.
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that's despite spending millions to try to combat the disease. some officials call it the worst orange ar vest on record since those records started being kept more than 100 years ago. and at the movies, ben affleck's new film toted big numbers. "the accountant" took in almost $25 million. kevin hart's new movie, "what now?" took in almost $12 million. ahead of "girl on the train." a driver still inside a burning suv. as bystanders form a human chain. and a football game goes on despite a superstorm.
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all thee of them come together, you get this giant, beautiful, lunar display. >> it's spectacular. checking monday's morning road conditions. it's going to be a wet commute for the entire northwest. some also from the upper midwest into the dakotas. it will be wet as well in south florida. trick ore treaters will be hitting the streets two weeks from today. this year, clouns, not welcome. >> the creepy clown scare sweeping the country has prompted some schools to ban clown costume. a major retail sir pulling them from its shelves. bizarre bozo sightings caught on camera. the surveillance video uploaded to live leak apparently showing a knife-wielding clown approaching a texas home. and this clown, caught clinging the back of a detroit bus. all these clown encounters seem to be helping scary clown masks
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fly off the shelves. halloween express says its clown costume sales are up 239% this year. one of the country's largest retailers is not clowning around this morning. target telling abc news it's removing clown masks from its stores saying this desis was made out of the sensitivity to the issue at hand. and there are now been reports of creepy clown sightings in at least 40 states. much more on "good morning america." most people run away from a burning car. in palm bay, florida, passers by ran toward one. the good samaritans immediately sprung into action after an suv crashed with another vehicle. the driver initially tried to the fight off his rescuers. it's not clear why. with the help of police they got him out and foormd human chain to pring him to safety. no serious injuries for anyone involved. off the coast of australia, we have a different kind of rescue. workers from sea world joined in the effort to help a humpback
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whale and her calf. the calf's tail was caught in a shark net. rescuers cut away the net. event eventually, mom and calf managed to swim away to freedom. experts say they both appeared to be in good condition. the national league championship series is tied at 1-1 after the dodgers beat the cubs, 1-0. adrian gonzalez home nrd the second. clayton kershaw shut down chicago at home, limiting the the cubs to pair of singles over seven innings. the series moves to los angeles on tuesday. cleveland at toronto resumes tonight. and in last night's other big sporting event, the colts visited the the houston texans. andrew luck ran it in from 14 yards out early in the fourth. then houston mounted a comeback. the texans scored two touchdowns to eventually tie the score at 23-23. they went to o.t. houston drove in to field goal
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we're going to start your monday morning "pulse" with a little bit of politics. a candidate for local office in indiana making modest claims about her own abilities. talking about ann collins who is running for county treasurer. and her billboard, well, it's pretty blunt. >> she says she won't steal and she knows how to count. both of which seem like qualifications one would want in a treasurer. and maybe for some other offices, too. on facebook, she admits it's sad that it comes down to this. but she thinks that's enough. >> the blunt billboard has gone viral. "the simpsons" are marking a big milestone. not only was last night the fox hit's annual halloween show. it was the 600th episode. >> so that makes it unique. it was also the first tv show to feature virtual reality. it premiered in 1989 and is 36 episodes away from breaking the
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the apartment building where the fire was. when things like this happen, i think you find a new perspective on life. hi. red cross put us in a hotel so we were able to stay together. we're strong and, if we overcame that or if we can overcome that, we can overcome anything, so. [ sniffle ]
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good morning, bay area. let's get up and get going. >> good morning, everyone, on monday, october 17. i am natasha zouves. >> i am reggie aqui. with jessica castro and alexis smith. we got the same amount of rain we normally get in a month? >> not everyone but a lot of people in the south bay. they are saying it missed us as usual. most areas. we will have the graphic coming up and it will be on twitter and facebook. we have downpours and dry spots this morning on live doppler hd. here is a look from our camera. those are going to last through 7:00 hour and then it will be become isolated round out the day planner. warmer this afternoon and temperatures in the 60s. we have a few accidents already. what is up? >> off to a busy start on monday morning. it was a tough weekend on the roads and we have pockets of
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showers and wet pavement. westbound 580 tough start an the altamont pass a rollover crash near greenville road and the backup forming. it is not blocking. we have onlooking delay and dan pavillion live doppler hd it is soggy, 680, southbound, another vehicle spin out facing sideways. another problem on redwood city and marin county next. >> we go to accepting news in vallejo, investigators are looking into a possible ambush attack targeting police. this happened last night while officers were getting coffee at a starbucks. our reporter amy hollyfield is in vallejo this morning. amy? >> reggie look what a busy gas station star publics area they picked. they went in the starbucks, also a gas station, with 16 pumps, food mart and right off of interstate 880.
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the two officers were ambushed by man with a rifle. listen to the call. >> man with a rifle. ambush. at starbucks. >> they say the man came into the starbucks at 9:00 last night, at lincoln road, west, and a man appeared to be struggling with his gun and the officers drew their guns. that is when he ran away. they chased after him. he appeared to be wrestling with the gun and they say they felt their lives were threatened and shot him. at magazine and sheridan three times. he was taken to the hospital and treated for life threatening injuries. the officers are okay and we told that vallejo police will hold a press conference to give us more information on what happened at 10:30 this morning. thank you. new this morning, highway 101 is reopenin


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